National Urban Freight Planning Principles

On 28 May 2021 Infrastructure and Transport Ministers endorsed the National Urban Freight Planning Principles PDF: 2 MB.

The Principles will guide land use decision-making across all levels of government to improve planning for freight in Australia’s metropolitan areas.

With urban freight volumes predicted to increase 60 per cent by 2040, pressures on freight networks will grow. Congestion, freight curfews and limits on heavy vehicle access are expected to worsen as Australia’s increasing population drives competition for land and space on transport networks.

The Commonwealth, together with states and territories and industry, has developed the Principles in response to industry calls for improved consideration of freight in transport and land use planning.

Planning for current and future freight needs was a critical action area arising from the industry led Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities. The Inquiry’s industry Expert Panel recommended that all tiers of government ensure Australian freight supply chains are appropriately integrated into land use planning systems.

Each jurisdiction will report on their practical actions to implement the Principles through the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy annual reporting process.

The Principles are part of a broader agenda of freight related reforms to be delivered under the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and associated National Action Plan.

Developing the Principles

The Principles reflect outcomes from public consultation with over 60 organisations and individuals across the planning sector and freight industry.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications held three public focus groups to seek feedback on the Principles on 18 December 2020, 19 January 2021 and 21 January 2021.

Focus groups were supported by an online survey from 24 November to 18 December 2020.

A summary of the focus group outcomes can be found here PDF: 4.6 MB.